Oh, those calendar invites

I keep getting these calendar invites from the recruiter to conduct interviews outside of the schedule I’ve aligned I could be available. Actually, I only aligned for January, but I’m still getting these invites these February but that’s beside the point. Anyways, numerous times, I’ve declined and informed them I’m not available, and I’m only available at so-and-so times. Still, they keep sending those invites. I’ve already come up with a template in my decline response. So I just keep on declining and sending that template reply.

And I’m reminded of that Peter Drucker quote:

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

That I’ve come up with a minor shortcut is pretty useless when what should be addressed in the first place is their scheduling problem. I think it would help more people (or at least annoy fewer people) if they fix that.

On the other hand, I’ve given feedback, I’ve shared my availability. And I’m pretty sure others have as well. But unless they’re willing to listen in the first place (receiving the email with the feedback != listening), there won’t be any change.

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Collecting quotes (20090124)

Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish, waterproof to new ideas.
John Dewey

The danger in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
George Bernard Shaw